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Stroke Rehabilitation

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Stroke is the commonest cause for disability. Stroke rehabilitation is very vital for the recovery other patients suffering from stroke. Stroke rehabilitation helps to build the strength, endurance, coordination and confidence.

 

The main goal of stroke rehabilitation is to help to learn to do things which were earlier done by the patient. It also aims to prevent recurrence of stroke attack. The patient who had stroke is at a high risk another of stroke again during the first year. The main aim of stroke rehabilitation is to prevent complications, to decrease the impairments and to increase the functions.

The common after effects of stroke

  • Weakness or paralysis on one side of the body
  • Poor balance or clumsy movement
  • Problems with speech and language
  • Problems with memory, thinking, attention and learning.
  • Muscle stiffness and spasticity.
  • Problems with bladder or bowel control
  • Not knowing what happens on one side of the body
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Emotional lability
  • Problems getting around and caring for yourself
  • Problems with memory, thinking or problem solving
  • Poor vision and/or changes in vision
  • Numbness
  • Weakness, fatigue
  • Depression

To prevent recurrence of stroke

  • By having regular health check ups
  • Control of blood pressure.
  • Control of cholesterol levels.
  • Control of blood sugar levels.
  • Regular physical activity.
  • Stopping alcohol and smoking.

 

Types of rehabilitation programs

  • Hospital rehabilitation programs
  • Long term care facility with therapy and skilled nurse care.
  • Outpatient rehabilitation programs.
  • Home based rehabilitation programs

 

Rehabilitation specialists

  • Physicians like General physicians, neurologists, psychiatrists, geriatricians.
  • Rehabilitation nurses.
  • Physical therapists.
  • Occuaptional therapist
  • Speech –language therapists.
  • Psychologists.